Today I am feeling grumpy! I woke up at 2:30 a.m. this morning and could not get back to sleep. Thankfully this seldom occurs of late. I am always a little grumpy when running short on sleep. Best to get to bed on time tonight!

It is snowing again, and will continue through the night and well into tomorrow. The storm predicted for Ontario should land south of here, thank goodness. It has been a grey day, with lots of white flakes drifting down.

Facebook has been a source of interest and frustration. There are a lot of very interesting and informative posts on Facebook, I enjoy being exposed to the diverse viewpoints of my “friends”. Facebook is a grand showcase (the interesting part); spending time there is more like being in an audience, and not a whole lot like having a conversation (the frustrating part).

In an attempt to reduce my frustration with Facebook, I have come up with a “cunning plan”, as the Black Adder might say. I will attempt to treat communication there as conversation. In-person conversations begin, and eventually end. They are only remembered if they present memorable content. So, on Facebook when I reach the end of a specific interaction, I will delete my activities, letting memorable content work its magic.

It could work. It might work. I am going to give it a try.

To begin this experiment I have transformed my timeline to a “moment in time” timeline. I deleted all my previous activity, except for two posts which I wanted to read again. Now my timeline will reflect only very recent activity, which will in turn be deleted after a short time of inactivity.

I talked with Terra today. She and Lares are very busy establishing themselves in the their new home. They took some time off to spend with Lares family, and even managed a trip to visit Luna, Janus, Imp, Elf and Tink. By all accounts they had a wonderful time. Now it is back to work for them.

We are still relatively housebound, as I am still working frequent, short shifts, and Attila is still working six days a week. The weather has been cold enough to keep Attila busy with firewood and Mist and I close to the hearth.

Worldly Distractions


-10 °C
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 102.6 kPa
Visibility: 4 km
Temperature: -9.8°C
Dewpoint: -12.0°C
Humidity: 84 %
Wind: E 13 km/h
Wind Chill: -16


“A murder of crows.
A company of parrots.
An ambush of tigers.
A congregation of alligators.
A cloud of bats.
A convocation of eagles.
A business of ferrets.
An army of frogs.
A stand of flamingoes.
An array of hedgehogs.
A siege of herons.
A leap of leopards.
A parliament of owls.
An ostentation of peacocks.
A cackle of hyenas.
A pounce of cats.
A bed of eels.
A pantheon of gods.
A loneliness of humans.”

by Zag

This was distributed widely on Facebook, I have no information on the author, or the authenticity of the piece.

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Well, we are southeast of you and are in the path of the blizzard of ’13. Tomorrow it starts. Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.


I had trouble yesterday with sleeping, too. I woke up at 3:00 am and could not get back to sleep. Very frustrating. I hope the weekend will be relaxing and de-grumpifying. And safe and warm, too.